Abby Sunderland is missing in the Indian Ocean
June 10th, 2010 10:23am
After her family spoke with Abby early in the morning, the American Search & Rescue authorities called to report having received a signal from her emergency beacon (EPIRB). It was initially thought that the signal was sent automatically from her water-activated EPIRB and that it had been activated during one of her knockdowns. She had had a very rough day with winds up to 60 knots and seas 20-25 feet. She had been knocked down several times but was handling things well. The wind had subsided to around 35 knots which she and Wild Eyes are quite comfortable with. Over the radio her family was helping her troubleshoot her engine that she was trying to start to charge her systems. Satellite phone reception was working very well. Fortunatelyshe was able to get the water out of the engine and start her up.
A little later another signal came in from her handheld PLB (Personal Locator Beacon). Her water-activated EPIRB has not been activated so we are hopeful that the boat is still upright.
This it was see says about her dream:
“It has been my dream since I was 13 years old and began single-handing, to one day sail solo around the world. I am 16 years old and this blog will contain the story of my attempt to become the world’s youngest solo circumnavigator.”
Abby has all of the equipment on board to survive a crisis situation like this. She has a dry suit, survival suit, life raft, and ditch bag with emergency supplies. If she can keep warm and hang on, help will be there as soon as possible. Wild Eyes is designed for travel in the Southern Ocean and is equipped with 5 air-tight bulkheads to keep her buoyant in the event of major hull damage. It is built to Category 0 standards and is designed to self-right in the event of capsize.
Abby want to takeover the record of the Australian Jessica Watson (also 16). She arrived last months in Sydney, after a voyage of seven Months. The Dutch Laura Dekker (14) Also wants ot give it a try but for the moment she is not allowed to leave as the Dutch Child Protection Unit forbids her to leave because of her age.